Projects in the field of civil engineering are becoming more and more complex. On the one hand, the spectrum of potential technical solutions is becoming ever wider thanks to technological innovations. On the other hand, the context of these projects is also becoming very complex. Consider for example an urbanised area with many – and often conflicting – constraints from a management or administrative perspective.
Because of this increasing complexity, the market requires highly qualified civil engineering designers who are experts in the various technical and non-technical aspects of conflicting issues. Furthermore, the market requires employees who are skilled in working in a multidisciplinary design team and knows how to approach complex issues and arrive at practical solutions.
The purpose of the EngD programme is to educate trainees who will be the 'new employees' in the field of civil engineering. The programme focuses on solving design issues within the main themes of water management, transport engineering and construction engineering.
During the programme, you transfer results into technological innovation in industry and society. Examples of design issues include the accessibility of urban areas, high-quality public transport, risk management, flood protection under the influence of climate change, urban renewal, asset management for infrastructure or complex buildings (e.g. hospitals), underground construction, multifunctional land use, etc.
Employers of graduates of this EngD programme are often the organizations were the trainees do their design assignments. The branches of these organizations vary from government to engineers of consultants and contractors. Furthermore, large research institutes can be clients for design orientated issues and therefore an employer of EngD graduates.
The two years lasting EngD programme in Civil Engineering combines academic research in a professional context with education in a range of related subjects. It consists of three blocks: a block professional development, a block with in-depth and broadening courses and the technological design project. These blocks with a total of 120 EC can run parallel to each other.
The block with in-depth and broadening courses can partly be tailored to the technological design project. Gained skills in professional development and gained knowledge from in-depth and broadening courses are employed in the design project. During the design project, you transfer results into technological innovation in industry or society.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSES
The Professional Development courses are intended to improve professional skills and advance career opportunities. Besides, the University of Twente actively stimulates the entrepreneurial spirit of her employees. The course in Professional Effectiveness is compulsory, and others are elective (in consultation with your supervisors). The total study load of the professional development courses is 6-10 EC. See www.utwente.nl/ctd for an overview of professional development courses.
COMPULSORY COURSES (DEPENDING ON YOUR SPECIALISATION DOMAIN)
The compulsory block includes two compulsory courses:
IN-DEPTH AND BROADENING COURSES
The education block carries a total study load of at least 45 EC and comprises a compulsory block and an elective block.
COMPULSORY COURSES (DEPENDING ON YOUR SPECIALISATION DOMAIN)
The compulsory block includes:
The elective block of at least 18 EC allow you to extend your competences in a specific direction as a further preparation for the design project. For the composition of this elective block, together with your (daily) supervisors you can select courses which are of interest for the technological design project. Elective courses can either be master courses or post-master courses at the University of Twente, national research schools, Capita Selecta courses, conference visits (incl. paper and/or poster), summer schools, in-company courses, or courses at another 4TU location.
The design project will be defined in close consultation with the organisation or institution where you will be working for. The project can arise from a design question from the organisation/institution or from the valorisation of PhD research where industry/government has an inquiry to. The programme ensures that the design project is innovative and complex, contains sufficient design aspects and is sufficiently multidisciplinary. The design project is individually in the sense that you have your own project. Because of the complex and multidisciplinary character of the project, in most projects you will work together with colleagues. The University of Twente ensures that there is a clear part of the design, for which you are responsible and for which you will be judged.
The EngD-programme in Civil Engineering focuses on these target groups:
- Talented graduates of a Master of Science in one of the programme-fields, with a special interest in design cases;
- Graduates of a Master of Science in one of the programme-fields, with several years of experience within the business. Besides, these graduates must have the ambition and talent to accelerate in finding solutions / creating designs for complex civil technological issues with a multidisciplinary character.
- Graduates of a Master of Science in one of the programme-fields working at your organization, who have the ambition to get-out the most of their career.
The EngD programme focuses on talented graduates with an interest in designing solutions for complex civil engineering problems. This means that not everyone will be allowed and that the selection for this track will be strict.
Candidates will be tested based on these selection criteria:
- CV candidate, with special attention to: results of the Master’s programme; other diplomas, courses; and years and type of work experience (if applicable);
- Motivation candidate, with special focus on demonstrable affinity with design and multidisciplinary assignments;
- Professional skills, such as English language skills, communication and interpersonal skills, teamwork, initiative and self-reflection; and
- Letter(s) of recommendation senior / graduate professor.
Candidates with a non-Dutch qualification and who have not had secondary and tertiary education in English can only be admitted with an IELTS-test showing a total band score of at least 6.5, internet TOEFL test (TOEFL-iBT) showing a score of at least 90, or a Cambridge CAE-C (CPE).
The selection will be done by the EngD-selection committee.
If you are interested in this EngD track Civil Engineering, read more about how to apply.
If you have any further questions about the EngD programme in Civil Engineering, please contact programme director dr. S.R. Miller:
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone: +3153 489 5886